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Toucher & Rich Mock Paul Finebaum Callers

“You’d be surprised how easy the University of Tennessee is to attend if you’re a resident of the state. That goes without saying that the callers to the Finebaum Show are all graduates of these institutions which they root for.”

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New England isn’t exactly the hotbed for college football that the southeast is. That didn’t stop 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich from talking about the sport Thursday. Well, actually, they talked about college football fans, and more importantly the fans that call into The Paul Finebaum Show. Toucher & Rich mocked the fans, their education — or lack thereof — and their phone quality during a segment Thursday morning.

“Paul Finebaum is the voice of the southern football fan. He’s on in all the towns that worship at the alter of college football,” Fred Toucher said. “365 days a year, he is there to answer their calls. This weekend, you had a twofer with two SEC schools falling and two of the grandaddy hicks. Alabama — which is the number one hick school — and Tennessee — when relevant — can be very hickish. You’d be surprised how easy the University of Tennessee is to attend if you’re a resident of the state. That goes without saying that the callers to the Finebaum Show are all graduates of these institutions which they root for.”

“I think it’s a requirement before they put you on,” Rich Shertenlieb said.

“They ask you to scan a copy of your diploma before they let you on,” Toucher said.

Shertenlieb then said he and his son were flying to Texas to attend the Longhorns game against TCU. His son was excited for the game because he watches The Paul Finebaum Show and “will get to see these people in first hand”.

“Is the University of Texas the University of Alabama? No, it is not,” he joked. “But it sure as hell is miles away from anything that he has heard in New England. It is a whole different breed. It’s not the Harvard-Yale game.”

Jon Wallach then added he was dumbfounded when a Sports Hub caller compared the tailgating scene at the Harvard-Yale game to that of an SEC game because in the callers eyes “that’s where the lowest of the low are found”.

The show then played a compilation of interesting phone callers from the last week on Finebaum’s show, with the first caller having a noticeable static and clicking sound in the background.

“So this is like some crappy pay phone?,” Shertenlieb asked.

“Paul is so used to people being on rotary numbers that he can sit through that. If he hung on everyone with that bad of a phone, he would be in a whole mess of trouble,” deduced Toucher.

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Zolak & Bertrand: Kirk Herbstreit’s Comments A Wake Up Call For Patriots Fans

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough.”

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Things appeared to come to a head for the New England Patriots and their fans last week as the team fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-10.

Many fans of the Patriots with the loss seem to have accepted the fact that the glory days of the franchise are officially over. Thursday Night Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit even noted that it was off-putting that fans near his broadcast vantage point were fine with the Pats coming out on the losing end.

“I just felt the sense of acceptance of where they are,” Herbstreit said during a Friday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “It really shocked me. I’m just so used to the Patriots’ 20 years of excellence, and not just the NFL in all of professional sports. And to see their fan base just like, we suck, whatever, game’s over, like early they were like that.”

On Zolak & Bertrand Monday, co-host Scott Zolak disagreed with Herbstreit’s take.

“I don’t know what you want from a fan base to do after that when the game’s over, and the place starts to dump out,” he said. “The game was well in hand.”

Zolak’s cohort Marc Bertrand felt differently, praising Herbstreit for offering that sort of perspective.

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough,” Bertrand said. “They let ’em off the hook.”

Bertrand felt like Patriots fans had every right to be pissed off with the product the team put on the field last week and have done so far this season. Especially when people are paying top dollar for admission to games.

“That product doesn’t match those prices last Thursday night,” he said, continuing to agree with what Herbstreit said. “You don’t hear that a lot around here. So I thought it was a nice change up.”

Zolak and Bertrand both seemed to determine that perhaps it was a case of fans being too nice and being willing to accept failure from head coach Bill Belichick and his staff.

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Paul Finebaum: ‘I’ve Been Accused Of Giving Up Objectivity For Nick Saban’

“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there.”

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People not from the state of Alabama may not realize that there was a time when there was no more vocal critic of the football team than Paul Finebaum. On Monday morning, he told Cole Cubelic of JOX 94.5 in Birmingham that his perspective began to change in January 2007.

“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there,” Finebaum admitted.

To be fair to Finebaum, Saban and the Crimson Tide have won five national championships and eight SEC championships since his arrival. It has been way easier to wave the flag than find fault.

Paul Finebaum says that some people don’t see it as that simple though and he has had to learn to accept some criticism.

“I’ve been accused of losing all my objectivity and focus to support Saban,” he said. “I believe in that because I believe he has completely transformed that school into what it is today.”

Acknowledging that Saban has been a game changer not just for Alabama football, but for the university itself, doesn’t mean that Paul Finebaum never has anything critical to say about the coach and his team. In fact, he told Cubelic that he was really put off by the way Saban campaigned for Alabama to be included in the upcoming College Football Playoff.

“For a coach of Nick Saban’s intellect to go on national television and use the point spread as a reason for entrance, when he was a big favorite in the two games he lost, he was an overwhelming favorite at Texas, the game where he needed a last-second field goal, and probably was the game that cost him the birth in a TCU head-to-head comparison.”

Saban appeared on multiple television shows and halftime shows stating that if you put Alabama up against any of the other teams in consideration for the final two spots, they would be the favorites. Finebaum thought it was a step too far.

“I want to make it clear,” he said. “I understand Nick Saban standing up for his program. I’ve hear people say ‘well, every coach would do that’. Well, you know what? I didn’t see Ryan Day doing that. I didn’t see Josh Heupel doing that. I saw Nick Saban doing that and I think that is what was so startling to me.”

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